Pulse  01/12/2011

CALIFORNIA The Emeryville Center for the Arts has selected Jensen Architects to design its new art center. The project entails converting the 30,000-sq-ft former United Stamping Co. warehouse, located at 4060 Hollis St. in Emeryville. The center will include galleries, a 250-seat theater, studios, an arts education lab, a cafe, a gift shop, offices and catering facilities. The estimated construction cost is $12 million. Jensen Architects, 833 Market St. No. 7, San Francisco, 94103.

MICHIGAN The Detroit Medical Center has selected a joint venture made up of the Barton Malow Co. and L.S. Brinker LLC as construction manager to build a pediatric specialty center at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The project entails building a five-story, 105,550-sq-ft, 278-bed building. The project is valued at $43 million. Barton Malow Co., 26500 American Dr., Southfield, 48034. DR#10-00679629.

MISSISSIPPI BlueFire Renewables has awarded a $296-million engineer-procure-construct contract to Wanzek Construction Inc. to build a cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton. The project entails building both the plant, which will produce 19 million gal of ethanol per year, and a biomass powerplant. Construction will begin once the Dept. of Energy approves the loan guarantees for which BlueFire has applied. Wanzek Construction, 16553 37th St., Mapleton, N.D., 58059.

NEW YORK Tishman Construction has awarded a $2-million contract to Waldorf Holding LLC to demolish the Metals Purchasing Building, located at 30th Street and 10th Avenue in New York City. The demolition of the one-story, 60,000-sq-ft building is expected to be completed by May 2011. This is the first step of site preparation for Hudson Yards, a multibillion-dollar mixed-use master- planned community that will eventually include 13 million sq ft of commercial and residential space. The Related Cos. and Oxford Properties are the general partner developers of the 26-acre Hudson Yards development. Tishman Construction, 666 Fifth Ave., New York City, 10103.

PENNSYLVANIA The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) has awarded a $118.5-million contract to Sunesys LLC and Blair Park Services LLC to design and install a statewide fiber-optic network. KINBER is a coalition of colleges, health-care organizations and economic development entities. Sunesys and Blair Park Services are both subsidiaries of Quanta Services. The project entails constructing a 1,600-mile fiber-optic broadband network that will connect the state’s institutions of higher learning to national research institutions and networks through a 10-gigabit ethernet service. It will include 13 primary network facilities and approximately 50 secondary locations. This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Blair Park Services, 202 Titus Ave., Warrington, 18976.

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CALIFORNIA 1/27 California State University Monterey Bay is seeking bidders to build an academic building on the campus in Seaside. The project entails an 88,400-sq-ft building containing classrooms, labs and faculty offices. The project is valued at $30.6 million. California State University Monterey Bay, 100 Campus Center Building No. 84A, Seaside, 93955. DR#04-00837232